HFV Wilson Community Center Planning Parade, MLK Day Celebration

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) – Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

National Day is a day to honor Dr. King and the HFV Wilson Community Center makes the most of this opportunity each year.

“It has always been a day of service and so we want to honor and give back to him,” said General Manager JaMia Cody.

The community center will host a parade that morning in honor of Dr. King.

The parade will feature children who attend the center as well as organizations from across the community who will gather at Cardinal Park at 9 Monday morning.

“We have different daycares, schools, Ardmore group, they’re still involved with different nonprofits as well as Valero, citizen bank as well,” Cody said.

Organizations can register to participate in the parade for $10 until the morning of the parade.

After the parade, the celebration will continue at the Community Center with live music and a message from City Commissioner John Credle.

“We’re really excited about the word he’s going to bring as well as the celebration as a whole,” Cody said. “Our theme this year is start with me and so we’re looking forward to entering 2022 with that same idea.”

The theme reflects the message the center hopes to convey to its participants.

They hope that by honoring Dr. King, his message will continue to resonate with those who attend the event as well as the children they serve.

“Showing the kids just to look back and see all the things he did and their involvement so that they could know who he is and the things he did while he was here,” Cody said.

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